Jumat, 31 Juli 2015

PERTAMINA TO NOT REPLACE PREMIUM WITH PERTALITE

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 31 (Antara) - State-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina will continue to provide Premium gasoline fuel to its consumers although it is now launching a new, better quality fuel called Pertalite.
         "Pertalite will not replace Premium. The new type of fuel only provides an alternative option to consumers," External Relations Officer of Pertamina Operation Region (MOR) IV for Central Java Robert M.V. Dumatubun, stated in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday.
        However, Pertamina hopes that most of the consumers will switch from Premium to Pertalite as this new type of fuel is of better quality than Premium.
        Corporate Communications Vice President Wiando Pusponegoro stated that Pertamina launched a trial sale of Pertalite fuel at 101 public refilling stations (SBPUs) in three cities of Jakarta, Bandung (68 SBPUs in both cities), and Surabaya (33 SBPUs) on last Friday, July 24, 2015.
        The new fuel was launched in the market after undergoing various phases of technical testing and obtaining permits from the government.

Kamis, 30 Juli 2015

NTT TO PROMOTE CULTURE AT EVENTS OF SAIL INDONESIA

 By Andi Abdussalam

          Jakarta, July 30 (Antara) -- East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), a province in eastern Indonesia, will promote its local culture, beautiful destinations and products through the annual 'Sail Indonesia' event.
         To promote its local culture on this platform, NTT has organized an exhibition for small- and medium-scale businesses, which began on July 27 and will be held till August 4.
         The exhibition is expected to help enliven Sail Indonesia, which is being called 'Sail Tomini' this year.
         This is because the festival's main events will take place in Tomini Bay, the largest gulf of Indonesia that borders the three eastern provinces of Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi and North Sulawesi.
         Head of NTT's Tourism and Creative Economy Service Marius Jelamu said that the exhibition was being held to introduce and promote the province's culture and products to those participating in the sailing event.
         "Through the exhibition, our office will showcase the cultural richness of NTT to yachters and other participants of the Indonesian sailing festival," Jelamu told Antara in Kupang, the provincial capital of NTT, on Tuesday.


Rabu, 29 Juli 2015

GOVERNMENT GEARS UP TO FACE DROUGHT

By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, July 29 (Antara) - The Indonesian government is preparing itself to face the drought that has been forecast to last till October or November this year and may affect 3.3 million hectares of rice fields in the country.
        since last month, several provinces in Indonesia have been hit by a dry spell, which was triggered by a moderate El Nino phenomenon. It has caused a shortage of water supply and affected rice fields and irrigation in these regions.
        "We held a lengthy discussion with the agriculture minister (Andi Amran Sulaiman) this morning. I asked him to be prepared for three scenarios," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in Jakarta on Tuesday (July 28).
         Measures, including providing funds, will be taken to alleviate people's burden that may result from either the worst, medium or minor impacts of the drought. 
   "We will inspect the extent of the impact the drought may have, if triggered by a moderate El Nino. We will find solutions," Kalla affirmed.

        In addition, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing will check the irrigation system in the country to see whether the supply of water is still running well. If not, the government will use water pumps to overcome the problem.

DAMS TO RESOLVE WATER PROBLEMS IN EAST NUSA TENGGARA

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 29 (Antara) -- Several provinces in Indonesia are currently experiencing drought, which leads to water crisis and affects plantations, food crops and rice fields.
         The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has predicted that the dry season this year will last till October or November.
         The provinces feeling the impacts of the dry season are East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), West Sumatra, Bengkulu, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka-Belitung, Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku.
         However, NTT is lucky with regard to this water crisis, as a number of reservoirs will be built to help hold water in the region during the rainy season and supply it to the people during the dry spell.
         One of these reservoirs is the Raknamo Reservoir, some 35 kilometers east of Kupang city. It is to supply standard water to urban areas and to irrigate around 841 hectares of farmlands in the district of Kupang.
         "NTT has considerable water problems," President Joko Widodo said while inspecting the development of the Raknamo Reservoir, which is being constructed in Amabi Oefeto, Kupang district, on Saturday (July 25).
         The Raknamo Reservoir is one of the seven dams to be built by the government in this region.

Selasa, 28 Juli 2015

GOVT URGED TO PREPARE SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRIES

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 28 (Antara) - While focussing its development on the maritime sector, the Indonesian government is being urged to prepare the country's shipbuilding industries so that they can meet the need for ships at home.
         Shipbuilding industrires are expected to support the government's maritime axis and sea toll programs. The sea toll program can be successful only if the number of ships is adequate to meet the need for transportation.
         After all the government is banning local industries from purchasing ships abroad in its attempt to advance local ship manufacturing companies.
         Indonesia's share in the global market is still relatively small, which according to the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is only about 0.3 percent.
         This is smaller compared to the 2.6 percent share of the Philippines and 1.1 percent of Vietnam. China is a major ship exporter with a global market share of 41 percent, while South Korea's share is 33 percent, and Japan's is 18 percent.

Senin, 27 Juli 2015

WHY SHOULD TURTLES BE PRESERVED?


 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 27 (Antara) - A group of animal conservationists gathered on Sunday in the Pelangi Beach of the South Java Sea, Bantul District, Yogyakarta for an event that is worth for nature.
         Usually, some Javanese community visited the beach to present offerings in the Southern Java cost that goes straight into the Indian Ocean.
         The offering is a ritual form to serve 'Nyai Loro Kidul' which according to Legend was the mortal daughter of a powerful ruler-king of West Java. Nyai Loro Kidul is now believed to be the guardian of the Southern Java Sea.
         However, the conservationists on Sunday were not releasing offerings into the sea for Nyai Roro Kidul. They set free hatchlings to preserve the population of the rare reptiles which play an important role in maintaining sea biota and ecosystem.
         "The hatchlings we have released are young turtles which were hatched in the first batch of this year's turtle egg laying season. They were safeguarded by animal lover volunteers in the southern coastal areas," Ferry Munandar, the chairman of the Turtle Conservation Volunteer Community, said here on Sunday.

Minggu, 26 Juli 2015

CONSUMERS WELCOME PERTAMINA'S NEW PERTALITE FUEL By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 26 (Anyara) - State-owned oil company Pertamina has since last Friday launched a sale test of its new fuel type Pertalite, a Research Octane Number (RON) 90 fuel, at 101 refilling stations in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya.
         The volumes of the new fuel type sales in two days after it was launched on Friday increased significantly. The volumes of Pertalite sales at 30 refilling stations (SPBU) in East Java's Surabaya and its surroundings on Saturday reached 82,860 liters, or about 2,732 litters per SBPU.
         This showed an increase of 69.2 percent if compared with the sales on the first day on Friday (July 24, 2015). "With these conditions, we are convinced the sales of Pertalite will be successful," Wianda Pusponegoro, the corporate vice communications president of Pertamina said here on Sunday.
         Wianda Pusponegoro said that consumers enthusiastically welcome the launch of the new type of Pertamina's fuel, or Pertalite RON 90.
         She said that the sales of Pertalite at 11 refilling stations in Sidoarjo and Mojokerto of East Java on Saturday increased by 269 percent from the sales on the first day recorded at 9,859 liters to 26,523 liters on Saturday.